Artists from across the globe have been drawn to the arts, history and cultural heritage of Santa Fe. Santa Fe is home to countless museums of repute. With over a dozen private and state museums, Santa Fe is the Mecca for art lovers and history buffs. Some wonderful museums to visit in Santa Fe include the New Mexico Museum of Art, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. To know more about the best museums in Santa Fe, read on.
Here Are 6 Best Museums In Santa Fe
New Mexico Museum of Art
New Mexico Museum of Art, formerly known as ‘The Museum of Fine Arts’, is considered to be one of the oldest and finest art museums in New Mexico. The New Mexico Museum of Art is housed in a beautiful pueblo style building, which was designed by Isaac Rapp in the early 20th century (1917 to be exact). The New Mexico Museum of Art has a mammoth collection of nearly 20,000 works of art created by artists who have lived, worked or have been influenced by their extensive travels through the beautiful region of New Mexico. This art museum also has the unique distinction of owning the largest collection of artwork created by renowned artists Lucy Lippard and Gustave Baumann. The New Mexico Museum of Art also holds regular exhibitions, which showcase contemporary lithographs, traditional sorks of art and photographs. The Museum is open to the general public from Tuesday to Sunday.
Museum of International Folk Art
The nationally and internationally recognized Museum of International Folk Art, which is located in Museum Hill, Santa Fe, houses a staggering 1, 50,000 priceless artifacts. The Museum of International Folk Art was founded by Florence Dibell Bartlett in 1953. The artifacts in this museum are exhibited in four distinctive wings i.e. Bartlett (named after Florence Bartlett), Girard, Hispanic Heritage and Neutrogena wing (which houses the collection donated by Lloyd Cotsen, a former Neutrogena CEO). The Museum of International Folk art also hosts the popular Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, which is held every year in July. The museum is open to the general public from ten in the morning to five in the evening, Tuesday through Sunday.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
The stunning Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico is dedicated to perpetuating the artistic legacy of Georgia O’ Keeffe, who was an important figure in American art. This museum formally opened its doors to the general public in July 1997. The museum houses all the sculptures, drawings and paintings which were created by Georgia O’ Keeffe between 1901 and 1984. The museum also houses one thousand eight hundred works of art which were created by other reputed artists. Some famous artists whose works have been showcased at the Georgia O’ Keffee Museum include Sherrie Levine, Andy Warhol and Arthur Dove (to name a few). The museum is open all seven days of the week.
Museum of Indian Art and Culture
The Museum of Indian Art and Culture is a premier repository of Native American art and culture. This museum houses an astounding eighty thousand works of fine art, archaeological and ethnographic objects. The Museum of Indian Art and Culture is also home to nearly ten million artifacts which were excavated from twelve thousand archaeologically rich sites. This museum also displays contemporary art, jewelry and pottery which belonged to people who inhabited the region of New Mexico during ancient times. The Museum of Indian Art and Culture is also famous for its long term exhibition titled ‘The Here and Now’. This exhibition aims to educate the general public about the rich culture of the southwest through didactic interactive media and also with the help of priceless works of art. Five beautifully designed galleries display the numerous arts and artifacts which are housed in this museum. Visitors have to pay a nominal entrance fee to visit the Museum of Indian Art and Culture which is open Tuesday through Sunday.
The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art which sits right next to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art, was opened in 2002. The key aim of this museum is to display and interpret the rich art of the Hispanic Southwest. This five thousand square feet museum is located in a former home designed by famous American architect John Gaw Meem in 1930. The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art has a comprehensive collection of historically important and contemporary works of art. Object d’art which are displayed at this museum include ironwork, furniture, ceramic work, appliqué work, and elaborate santos, from the early 16th century to the present day. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
The Wheelwright Musuem of The American Indian which is devoted to native American arts has the unique distinction of the being the oldest, nonprofit museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This museum was established by Mary Cabot Wheelwright in 1937. Hastin Klah an important Navajo singer or medicine man aided Mrs. Wheelwright with the establishment of the museum. The Wheelwright museum is dedicated to preserving the infinite beauty, dignity and intense logic of the Navajo religion. The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian has handled countless exhibitions relating to both traditional and contemporary Navajo and other Native American art.